How the US failed to rebuild Afghanistan

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"Where the road ends in Afghanistan, the Taliban begin."


The US war in Afghanistan has raged for 16 years, since the US invaded after 9/11, in 2001. At the onset, a centerpiece of US strategy was to rebuild Afghanistan's crumbling infrastructure. This move expedited military logistics and maneuvers, while simultaneously reigniting travel between Afghanistan's major cities. But when the US started its war in Iraq, that diverted resources and manpower from the battlefield of Afghanistan. And the Taliban didn't miss the chance. To date, the most ambitious roadbuilding project, known as the Ring Road, has seen over $3 billion spent on its renewal. And it was never completed.

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Never invade Afghanistan. Unless, of course, you're the Mongols.

Author — Van Hendrix

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How the US failed to rebuild Afghanistan


they never tried to.

Author — Mickey Rana

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Afghanistan: The US came here and made things worse!
Vietnam: oh you too?
Iraq: welcome to the club...

Author — Bassoon Lim

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US foreign policy = creating chaos everywhere in the world

Author — Jumpin Joe

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“Where did the US go wrong in Afghanistan” their first mistake was going to Afghanistan in the first place

Author — Boomy2710x

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The animations in this video are incredible.

Author — Lil Jack

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I will forever hate George W Bush for the 3 wars he started--
1) Iraq
2) Afghanistan
3) and on Privacy and Freedom (The Patriot Act)

Author — Big 3ye

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Rebuilding was never part of the plan.

Installing a puppet government, fighting their freedom fighters and taking their natural resources was the only plan.

Author — GreaterGood510

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"We're not nation building, we're killing terrorist's"
That's why America will forever remain insecure

Author — ramasodi Malete

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Right title is, why USA failed to conquer Afghanistan

Author — Umair Mugal

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Ask yourself: Why would U.S give billions of dollars + send their personnel to build a road in a country like Afghanistan? Because U.S politicians are such great generous people? Don't think so. Let's not be naive here. 100% they wanted something in return. It was an investment and usually you only invest when you want a return bigger than what you initially sure by building the roads they wanted to colonize Afghanistan and get major stake in their corporations and resources. If you believe otherwise, you are delusional. So many Americans died, not just soldiers, but construction workers etc. Their blood is on the U.S government

Author — Mr M

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"We are not nation-building AGAIN."

Like you ever did.

Author — Miguel Galang

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The question is more like where did the US go right in Afghanistan?
Answer: absolutely nowhere

Author — Robin Östringer

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Am I the only one bothered by the fact that he pronounces “Kabul” like “cobble”

Author — Johnny John Boy

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"Where did the USA go wrong?" - by meddling into... wait, sorry... by *MAKING* the conflict in Afghanistan.

Author — Dusan Pavlovic

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“The US failed to rebuild Afghanistan”

That’s an understatement

Author — Nassim B

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idk how USA the strongest military can’t beat a guerrilla army that fights with old weapons

Author — ًَِو

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what a joke, their idea was destroy it... never "rebuild"

Author — javicus javicus

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Ok. The intro and editing was freaking awesome

Author — Bard

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Corrupt politics has destroyed the world. No doubt.

Author — Daryl Younger